LoJack System Helps Colorado State Patrol Recover Stolen Harley Davidson Motorcycle

  • August 6, 2019
  • Law Enforcement

Vehicle:           2009 Harley Davidson XL883L Sportster
Activation:      Longmont Police Department, Longmont, Colorado
Recovery:        Colorado State Patrol Troop 3C, Fort Collins, Colorado
Dealership:      Rommel Harley Davidson, New Castle, Delaware

The owners of a Harley Davidson Sportster discovered their motorcycle stolen from their residence in Longmont during the night. The Longmont Police Department was notified and the theft report taken. The reporting officer had the vehicle information entered into the state and federal crime computers. It was this routine action that automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the motorcycle which then began broadcasting its silent homing beacon to the police.

Later in the day, troopers with the Colorado State Patrol and officers with the Colorado State University Police Department began picking up the LoJack signals from the stolen motorcycle with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTCs) installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft.

Following the directional and audible cues from their PTCs, the troopers and officers tracked the motorcycle to the 1200 block of Matuka Court in the northern part of Fort Collins, a distance of more than 30 miles from the location of theft.

The stolen Harley Davidson was found concealed beneath a tarp on a utility trailer. The trailer was tucked behind trees and a community trash enclosure at an apartment house.

The utility trailer was found to have been stolen but the owner wasn’t aware of it until contacted by investigators. The value of the trailer was $2000. A second motorcycle also on the trailer was a 2005 Kawasaki and it too had been stolen, value $3000. A likely suspect has been identified.

Three victims of theft have now benefited from the LoJack® System that was installed in the Harley Davidson Sportster XL883L in September 2009 at Rommel Harley Davidson at the request of the original owner of the Harley Davidson